Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony

Barockensemble der Wiener Symphoniker – Foto © Andreas Balon

Founded in 1989, the Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra presents a series of sophisticated Baroque music concerts at the Baroque church of Maria Bildstein, as part of the Bregenz Festival. These concerts have grown to become the Festival’s most popular events over the years.

Since February 2004, the Ensemble has performed annually at the Baroque pilgrimage church ‘Maria in der Tanne’ in Triberg, Black Forest. The ensemble’s first CD was also recorded there. Following the success of this CD, fifteen additional recordings were made between 2005 and 2019, which have been featured multiple times on Austrian culture channel Ö1, Radio Vorarlberg, Bayrischer Rundfunk, and Deutschlandfunk.

A major highlight was the Ensemble’s concert in May 2016 at the ‘Center of Performing Arts’ in Beijing, which served as the closing concert of the ‘Beijing May Festival 2016’, with the event being recorded by Chinese television.

In 2018, two Viennese broadcasters honoured the Ensemble: “Radio Klassik Broadcast” chose the new CD “Ave Maria” as “CD of the Week,” and the private station “Radio Maria” as “CD of the Month.”

In 2022, the ensemble performed at the “Musiksommer St. Leonhard” and at the “Völkerkundemuseum Wien” as part of the festival “Wir sind Wien.” In 2024, the Ensemble plans to perform Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ at the ‘Tonspuren Leogang’ festival, marking its debut as the first Baroque ensemble on the Asitzberg.

The Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra has earned an excellent reputation and is known for its outstanding interpretations of Baroque music. With its concerts and recordings, it regularly delights a wide audience and contributes to the cultivation and dissemination of Baroque music.